At Binghamton University, May is a special month. Sunshine replaces the drowning rains of April, students fill the Peace Quad to study and throw Frisbees. For academics and administrators, May is a time to tally the year’s achievements and to begin preparing for new students. As one measure of our success, I had the privilege of seeing 3,240 students receive degrees at spring Commencement — a tremendous accomplishment for them and for the University.
Our students’ success is a testament to the support and commitment provided by our alumni and friends. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the remarkable achievements of Bold.Brilliant.Binghamton — The Campaign for Binghamton University. We publicly launched the comprehensive gifts campaign just over a year ago and now count nearly 30,000 individuals helping to make Binghamton one of the best universities in the nation.
Bold.Brilliant.Binghamton is helping us develop innovative and challenging academic programs that push our graduates to the front of their chosen fields. It is assisting faculty in their pursuit of knowledge and allowing the University to develop the resources necessary to sustain our reputation for excellence.
Because of the generosity of our alumni and friends, the campaign has already raised $90,661,191, including six gifts of $1 million or more. We are especially proud to receive a $1 million pledge from Charles Kim ’98 to support curricular advancements and student scholarships.
We have only until June 30, 2012, to raise the $5 million we need to reach our $95 million goal. Your gift is crucial after years of declining state funding and gives powerful evidence that our friends and alumni value the University. Visit bold.brilliant.binghamton.edu to learn what you can do to ensure that the next generation of Binghamton students can pursue its dreams.
President C. Peter Magrath